Emilia discifolia (Oliv.) C. Jeffrey

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Emilia discifolia

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Emilia discifolia

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Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Emilia discifolia

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Between Mawenje lodge and turn-off to National Parks office, Chimanimani

Emilia discifolia

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Haka Game Park

Emilia discifolia

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Slopes of Mt Belingwe.

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Synonyms: Senecio discifolius Oliv.
Senecio hoffmanianus Muschl.
Common names:
Annual, sometimes short-lived perennial herb, up to 90 cm tall; stems pale green to blue-green, whitish pubescent when young. Leaves sessile, subsucculent, pale green to blue-green, spathulate to almost oblanceolate, 1-10.5 cm long, sparely to densely pubescent, when young; margin usually with 3-5 teeth near the rounded apex. Capitula single on long peduncles; involucre cylindric, 3.5-8 mm long and 4.5-8 mm wide; bracts 6-13, bright green or sometimes purplish, 3-7.7 mm long, hairless. Ray florets, mostly 13-18, 3.5-7 mm long, 4-veined, bright yellow to orange, often slightly darker than disc florets. Achenes 1.8-3 mm long, shorty hairy; pappus white, 3.5-7 mm long.
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Notes: Listed for Zambia by Beentje, Jeffrey & Hind in Flora of Tropical Africa, Compositae part 3: 578, 2005).
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Habitat: In miombo woodland, grassland and as a weed in cultivated ground
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 576 - 578. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 15.

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 66. As Senecio discifolius

Jeffrey, C. (1986). The Senecioneae in East Tropical Africa: Notes on Compositae: IV Kew Bulletin 41(4) Page 912.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 25.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 89.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Emilia discifolia
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Tropicos: Emilia discifolia
Wikipedia: Emilia discifolia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Emilia discifolia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=161530, retrieved 15 June 2024

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